Mirror neurons and the social nature of language: The neural exploitation hypothesis

@article{Gallese2008MirrorNA,
  title={Mirror neurons and the social nature of language: The neural exploitation hypothesis},
  author={Vittorio Gallese},
  journal={Social Neuroscience},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={317 - 333}
}
  • V. Gallese
  • Published 1 September 2008
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Social Neuroscience
Abstract This paper discusses the relevance of the discovery of mirror neurons in monkeys and of the mirror neuron system in humans to a neuroscientific account of primates’ social cognition and its evolution. It is proposed that mirror neurons and the functional mechanism they underpin, embodied simulation, can ground within a unitary neurophysiological explanatory framework important aspects of human social cognition. In particular, the main focus is on language, here conceived according to a… 
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